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counter1 US English

A long flat-topped fixture in a store or bank across which business is conducted with customers

counter2 US English

Speak or act in opposition to

counter3 US English

The back part of a shoe or boot, enclosing the heel

counter- US English

Denoting opposition, retaliation, or rivalry

counter1 US Thesaurus

the sugar is in a canister on the counter

counter2 US Thesaurus

workers countered accusations of dishonesty

pie counter US English

A counter at which pies are sold; (also figurative) a source of grants or favours.

rev counter US English

An instrument that measures and displays the rate of revolutions of an engine

bean counter US English

A person, typically an accountant or bureaucrat, perceived as placing excessive emphasis on controlling expenditure and budgets

card counter US English

A marker used to keep a tally in whist (now rare).

cell counter US English

Any device or machine used to perform cell counts.

head-counter US English

A person who takes a headcount; specifically (a) a census taker; (b) US Politics a person who assesses the number of politicians likely to vote a certain way on a particular issue.

point-counter US English

An early version of the Geiger counter in which discharges occur between positively charged chamber walls and a central, earthed, metal point.

ring counter US English

A counting circuit comprising a number of flip-flops or other bistable devices connected in a closed loop, the output of the final flip-flop setting the input of the first, which allows continuous counting.

counter-jumper US English

A shop assistant

Geiger counter US English

A device for measuring radioactivity by detecting and counting ionizing particles

neutron counter US English

An instrument for detecting and counting neutrons.

program counter US English

A register in the control unit of a computer which contains the address of the next instruction to be executed, the address being increased by one after each execution unless an instruction to do otherwise occurs.

ripple counter US English

A type of binary counter consisting of a number of bistable circuits wired in cascade, so that a circuit changes state only after all the preceding circuits have changed state.

thought-counter US English

A verbal or symbolic representation of an idea, a thought-sign.

counter-accusation US English

An accusation made in turn by someone against their accuser

counter-attraction US English

A rival attraction

revolution counter US English

(Originally) a device for counting and displaying the number of revolutions made by an engine or other mechanism; (in later use) one for displaying the rate at which a shaft or an engine is turning.

behind the counter US English

Serving in a store or bank

over the counter US English

By ordinary retail purchase, with no need for a prescription or license

under the counter US English

(With reference to goods bought or sold) surreptitiously and typically illegally

Counter-Reformation US English

The reform of the Church of Rome in the 16th and 17th centuries that was stimulated by the Protestant Reformation

counter-revolutionary US English

Engaged in or promoting a revolution that opposes a previous one or reverses its results

proportional counter US English

An ionization chamber in which the operating voltage is large enough to produce amplification but not so large that the output pulse ceases to be proportional to the initial ionization

ripple-through counter US English

= ripple counter.

scintillation counter US English

A device for detecting and recording scintillations

flory counter-flory US English

Decorated with fleurs-de-lis set in alternating directions

potent counter potent US English

Designating a heraldic fur formed from an arrangement of T-shaped symbols placed end-to-end with inverted T-shaped symbols.

counterblow US English

A blow given in return

counterflow US English

A flow moving in the opposite direction to another

counterman US English

A person who works behind a counter serving customers, especially in a store or casual restaurant

countermark US English

An additional mark placed on something already marked, typically for increased security

countermine US English

An excavation dug to intercept another dug by an enemy

countermove US English

A move or other action made in opposition to another

counterplot US English

A plot intended to thwart another plot

countersign US English

Add a signature to (a document already signed by another person)

counterspy US English

A spy engaged in counterespionage

countertop US English

A flat surface for working on, especially in a kitchen

over the counter in counter1 US English

By ordinary retail purchase, with no need for a prescription or license

counteragent US English

An agent or force used to reduce or neutralize something else

counterblast US English

A strongly worded reply to someone else’s views

countercheck US English

A second check for security or accuracy

counterclaim US English

A claim made to rebut a previous claim

countermarch US English

March in the opposite direction or back along the same route

counteroffer US English

An offer made in response to another

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